Last week the West Belconnen Junior Warriors unveiled an Indigenous playing and training kit that all their teams will wear for the next two seasons.
West Belconnen President Shane Scott said the new kits were a way the club could show their respect to the community.
“Being a community-based club that’s been here for over 45 years, we have a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids that have played for us over the years so we wanted to do something to pay our respect to them,” Scott said.
“Last Thursday we had a number of Indigenous kids showcase the playing kit for us and the excitement from the kids their families was exceptional. We had people in the audience who were crying because they were so proud that this was being done by the club.”
The jersey design which features the Bogong moth and two boomerangs to represent the area and warriors was designed by Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri artist, Serena Williams.
“The Bogong moth is native to the ACT and the Brindabella mountains. The Ngunnawal people used to go to those mountains to eat the Bogong Moth and the Brindabella is also a place where young boys turned into men,” Scott said. “Kids will get an appreciation and understanding of Indigenous culture through this design and hopefully it will start a conversation.
The West Belconnen Juniors shorts and training shorts also feature the design and will be on display from Round 1 of the Junior League season which starts on April 7.
Photo: Keith Miller, TagRugby ACT